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Fort Worth (1951)

Approved | | Western | 14 July 1951 (USA)
Civil War veteran and former newspaper man Ned Britt returns back to Fort Worth after the war is over and finds himself fighting an old friend who's grown ambitious.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

John Twist
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Ned Britt
David Brian ... Blair Lunsford
Phyllis Thaxter ... Flora Talbot
Helena Carter ... Amy Brooks
Dickie Jones ... Luther Wicks (as Dick Jones)
Ray Teal ... Gabe Clevenger
Michael Tolan ... Mort Springer (as Lawrence Tolan)
Paul Picerni ... Joe Castro
Emerson Treacy ... Ben Garvin
Bob Steele ... Shorty
Walter Sande ... Deputy Waller
Chubby Johnson ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Southern veteran Ned Britt returns home to Fort Worth after the Civil War with his mentor, newspaperman Ben Garvin, along with his young apprentice, in hopes of building the town into a modern metropolis. However, the area is terrorized by the ruthless Gabe Clevenger and his gang of hired guns. Britt wonders whose side his old friend Blair Lunsford is on. Lunsford has used the unrest to buy up parcels of land on the cheap and hopes to profit from this speculation after the territory is cleaned up and ultimately become governor. Britt sees through his friend's ambition, and they are alternately allies and antagonists. Britt is also distracted by girl-next-door Flora Talbott and and seductive Amy Brooks. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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RANDOLPH SCOTT as Fighting Editor Britt of the "Fort Worth Star" - His Fearless Headlines Wrote Fort Worth's History---His Six-Guns Made It! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Express See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Edwin L. Marin. He died two months before its release. See more »

Quotes

Ben Garvin: News comes in pieces, boys, like a suit of clothes. Don't ever sport the jacket unless you're sure you got the breeches on.
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Soundtracks

I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
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American folk song first published in 1894
Heard on soundtrack during parade sequence.
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Superior Scott Oater
23 January 2009 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

Fort Worth is fast-moving, well cast, well acted, and well executed all the way around. Scott actually has two different mentors, one Phyllis Thaxter's late father and the other a high-minded newspaperman who is knifed by a thug. He uses both of them to build and transition his character in a more layered performance than typical of the normally stoic Scott. Thaxter is terrific in every scene she's in, but better still is Brian as the magnate who persuades former boyhood friend Scott to stay in Fort Worth. He is part-villain and part-hero and extremely interesting and credible throughout. The plot is atypically complex with many threads all woven together well and wrapped up in a satisfying manner. Dick Moore (former child actor Dickie) is terrific as Scott's newspaperman who helps Scott keep alive the spirit of Ben, their mentor publisher. The thugs are all convincingly ruthless and interesting, including Ray Teal as the leader, supported by Bob Steele, Paul Picerni, and Michael TOlan among others. The color cinematography and production values are also first-rate and the pacing is perfect.

If you enjoy Randolph Scott westerns, don't miss this superior entry.


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